Wow, I don’t know how you all find moments to update your live reports. I was very bad at it! LOL! So where were we? Hollywood Studios, I think. If I had kept up with updating, this would have come in sections, but since I’m on my laptop now I’m just putting it all together.
We arrived at 8:00 for a 9:00 opening and were pretty near the front for temp checks. DH dropped the kids and me off at the Speedway to walk so we could get a head start, since they each had their own must-do rides. We were let in about 8:20 and headed straight for MFSR. I was sad because I had dropped my DSLR coming off of PPF at MK and busted the lens (long story short- I thought it was wrapped around my arm more times than it was, and the strap slipped out of my hand.) so I only got phone pictures- but it was amazing to have no one there! I cried a little. I asked the cast members if it was running and they said yes. Quite a few people had gone in ahead of us so I figured they were already riding. We got nearly to the show room and then just stopped. We stood there until maybe about 8:45. DH already got into the park and got coffee from starbucks. We rode just a little before 9:00, with Bugsy and the Diva piloting.
When we got out of line, I was surprised to see DH walking into the inner area of the line (where it goes inside. Instead of waiting for us for us all to head over to SDD together, he panicked as the line got longer and jumped in. So I took the kids to SDD. The queue was just to the municiberg area. We waited about 40 minutes. By the time we got off, DH was waiting for us with my coffee. I was a little upset, because I didn’t get to be pilot on MFSR with his change of the plan, and that was a priority for me. DH got a little sick on it, so we didn’t head straight back over there like our plan said- and the line got long and stayed long later. Oh well. We will be back in September.
We bought souvenirs from the cart outside of SDD, and headed to ASS because the kids really wanted to. No one wanted to do RRC or ToT. I guess maybe next time. That was about 20 minutes. Then we did TMM, which started in Municiberg but we kept walking the whole time- about a 30 minute wait/walk. We were happy to see Potato Head working! He has never been on when we go through. I love that queue, it’s one of the places I tolerate waiting because there is so much to look at. I don’t want to brag,but I kicked Peanut’s butt. No mercy even for the seven year old LOL
Then it was time for our Hollywood & Vine reservation. I almost cancelled because I wasn’t sure how I would feel about eating indoors, or if they would overcrowd the space. I have to say, I was really happy with the layout. We were not close to anyone else at all, and there was plexiglass seperating us from other sections. I felt very comfortable taking my mask off to eat- more than I did eating outside at Pecos Bills the previous day (that was kind of a crowded mess, and if I hadn’t been hangry with few options we would have left. Again, I’ll touch on the crowds in a seperate final post.) While we were eating, our boarding group got called. Oh yeah, we snagged BG 50 for Rise! I took a screen shot, but I have no idea how to find it on my phone now. I’m an oldie (but a goodie…) and don’t understand tech all the time We couldn’t go right away though, because Bugsy and Diva had reservations immediately following lunch, to make droids. Our lunch service was really slow; we saw other families the same size as us arrive later than us and leave sooner. Goofy came by a fourth time and was like “You guys again!” it was funny. The character interactions were terrific, and surprisingly the food was great too.Although we were all afraid of eating too much because no one wanted to get sick on the rides. The Droid Depot was very understanding when we showed up late, and so was the cast member at the front of Rise. I was told by both DD and H&V to keep my receipts to show them the time stamps, but they didn’t care, they just scanned our bands and let us in. Peanut got cold feet halfway through the queue. I think she is at a weird age where the lines between pretend and reality are blurred. She was terrified of the CMs even before we got on the transport vehicle. So we ended up doing rider swap and the Diva and Bugsy got to ride two times! They were thrilled! No pictures of rise because my phone was about to die (and the fuel rod apparently does not charge it very well…) and I really just wanted to experience it without a screen for the first time.
Peanut got a mickey bar since the others got to go on a fun new ride. We watched the motorcades while DH had his turn to ride. I cried more than a little during rise of the resistance. It is such a great ride. The Diva didn’t understand why I was crying. When I said “I just loved it so much!” She rolled her eyes at me and muttered something about moms being weird.
I have no more photos because my phone battery completely petered out despite being hooked up to a fuel rod. My phone usually lasts 1.5- 2 days before completely depleting, even if I’m using it a lot. So that is something to keep in mind. I was glad I purchased a fuel rod ahead of time, because we got it for half the cost than had I bought one there, but it just charged so slowly. Basically for the rest of the afternoon, we found a secluded area across from Backlot Express, watched motorcades, and ate Christmas treats. The chai mousse tree was very good. We took the droids back to the car at one point, and decided to just sit there with the AC blasting and our masks off. That was a great break, even if it was a little weird. We went back into the parks at 4:30 and rode all the toy story rides again including SDD (and because we were a party of five this time, I found out a little too late that they are filling every row. I was surprised to find myself seated so close to strangers. Before because we were in a party of four, I hadn’t noticed- we had a whole section to ourselves regardless. I know some people are okay with this, but I wish they would inform guests of policy changes like this. I would have chosen not to go on and let DH ride it with the kids. I realized what was happening after I was fastened in. So keep this in mind if one of the things that made you comfortable with Disney was having space on the rides.) Then we closed out the nigth by walking through Galaxy’s Edge, and riding MMRR. It was a 7pm close, and we got in line at 6:50, were off it around 7:15. I did use DH’s phone to take some pictures of the decorations at night. I really missed having my camera- I had specific photos planned. Oh well. At least it was just a lens and not the body that broke, but that meant I couldn’t get the night time park pics I wanted. I like the decorations in this park the best. I love the vintage vibe, and the floating bulbs lit up on the lake! Gorgeous!